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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,292 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Kent Krueger Narrator: David Chandler Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Cork O’Connor Mysteries Release Date: February 2001 ISBN: 9781449844332
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William Kent Krueger is the award-winning author of the popular Cork O’Connor mysteries. In Purgatory Ridge, Krueger crafts a riveting tale which has ex-sheriff O’Connor on the case after a heated town debate turns deadly. The local Anishinaabe Indian tribe is furious to discover that Karl Lindstrom’s lumber mill is after a grove of trees sacred to tribal lore. So when the mill gets bombed, killing a man, the tribe is blamed. But O’Connor has a different theory. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A terrific read…Krueger not only tells a cracking good suspense story, but he tells if with deep insight.”

    T. Jefferson Parker, New York Times bestselling author

  • “The plot comes full circle as credibly flawed central characters find resolution…Krueger prolongs suspense to the very end.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This character-driven novel should please readers who place thematic substance over a tricky puzzle.”

    Booklist

  • “A wonderful page-turner.”

    Denver Post

  • “Suspenseful, compelling, and highly readable.”

    Dallas Morning News

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 2/16/2014

    " Third in the series of William Kent Krueger, Purgatory Ridge continues the story of Cork O'Connor and his family and friends of Aurora, Minnesota. When an explosion kills t;he night watchman at Karl Lindstrom's lumber mill, former sheriff Cork agtrees to help investigate even though he has mixed feelings since he is part Anishinaabe and his wife Jo represents the tribe in legal dealings. When Lindstrom's wife, son,Jo, and his own son Stevie are kidnapped, the suspense ratchets up to an almost unbearable pace. While Jo's sister Rose stays with Cork's two daughters, Cork pursues the two criminals thought to be Le Pere and Bridger who were asking for a two million dollar ransom. As always, the area around Aurora, Minnesota plays an enormous part in the story. A lot of the action occurs on Lake Superior including the final resolution. Ready for the next one, The Devil's Bed. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ron | 2/15/2014

    " Unknown rating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellen Thielen | 2/14/2014

    " Each book in this series gets better and better! I can't wait to start the next.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roger Miller | 2/14/2014

    " Not his best but a thriller to the end. His descriptions makes you yearn for Lake Superior. Best line of book; "conscience was a devil that plagued the individual. Collectively, a people squashed it as easily as stepping on a daisy. Then the mystery unravels several characters that either ignore their devils, and one who ignores and then does what is right and the strong who stick with their conscience. I love Krueger's writing! Great Read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally Kenney | 2/10/2014

    " Love the local setting, although it's sad. Not as much drama between characters as the first two. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn Rose | 1/25/2014

    " Lots of layers and fascinating characters and double-dealing and danger in this book. (And only a tiny bit of the religious element that didn't work for me in a later novel.) Although I figured out early what and who was driving the case, I kept turning pages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 1/24/2014

    " The pulse is barely audible then quickens as the book devolops, finally turns into a full charge of adrenaline as we race to the end. This is my third book I have read that Krueger has penned, and he has solidified himself as one of my favorite authors, this book was no exception. Purgatory Ridge at first I thought was going to be different as the book was slow to develop, but necessary as Krueger lays the foundation and develops his story and its wonderful characters. As usual the story envelops around him and his family. Being a former sheriff of Aurora, Cork O'Conor and his wife Jo a local attorney, he seemingly always gets sucked into some type of adventure involving his home in Aurora, MN. This time it concerns the great white pines sacred to the Anishinaabe tribe that are in danger of being logged out by local logging company. The book is full of twists and turns and will have you guessing up the very end who is planting bombs, and threatening the loggers. Seems to be a trademark of Kruegers and he will give you sleepless nights as you forge ahead and flip pages to get to your answers. His characters some are dark and you learn to hate, some full of flavor, and others you grow to love. His characters are not without flaws though and he writes as all authors should, as we as humans are not of the perfect sort. Again as you race towards the end and I do mean race as this book is a thriller as it takes you towards the finish line. If you dare pick up the book be sure you have time to spend, as you won't be able to put it down. I won't give away any of the fun as thats your job as you open up to page 1 to see if you can figure out who is behind it all before you flip to the last chapter! Also who will live and die or will anyone come out of this unscathed? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 1/20/2014

    " Book number 3 in the Cork O'Connor series. My favorite of the series so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dena | 1/16/2014

    " Love Cork O'Conner "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 D. Quarles | 12/30/2013

    " I'm not sure where or when I first saw a book by this author, all I can say is that I can't stop reading them. Tried and true, great stories all of them. This one is no different. A great read that I couldn't put down. I'm enamored of Cork and his family. And the setting comes alive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 12/23/2013

    " Have enjoyed every Wm Kent Krueger book. MN author. If you have an affinity for northern MN, you will love his characters, the controversial issues he tackles and the settings. He's great fun to meet in person as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick Fisher | 12/5/2013

    " Another great mystery in this series by W K Krueger. They just keep getting better with each one I read. What makes these novels work, is the family. Love the family in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harolyn | 11/28/2013

    " This series continues to impress. The main characters are evolving nicely and the plots have lots of twists and turns to keep the reader interested. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 8/3/2013

    " I liked this one the best of the series so far. Great plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 2/6/2013

    " As is my wont with mystery series, I am reading the entire series in order and I am really enjoying it. I love the northern Minnesota setting and I am intrigued by the off-and-on again relationship between Cork and Jo. On to Blood Hollow! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal | 1/7/2013

    " I am going to read this whole series. They are a good mystery and I love the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 8/26/2012

    " A good mystery summer read. Need I say more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Fitzpatrick | 8/11/2012

    " The third book in the Cork O'Connor mystery series. A real fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 5/11/2012

    " The writing is definitely getting stronger, but I just don't like Jo, and she is a large focus of this book. As always, it's very captivating and suspenseful. I just didn't particularly like Jo taking a center stage in this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erik | 2/6/2012

    " This was a decent kidnap story, it had a little surprise at the end that I didn't see coming, although I am sure a lot of people did. Probably my least favorite of Krueger's books so far, but still good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy Newcomer | 12/18/2011

    " This is the 4th or 5th I've read in the series and not the best, in my opinion. Not bad either but he set a high standard with the first, Iron Lake. Just got the feeling he wasn't as passionate about his subject this time as in the past. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie Michelle | 9/30/2011

    " one of my favorite local authors! a Cork O'connor mystery, I love everything he writes "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheila | 8/31/2011

    " Love this series, never disappoints. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Perri | 8/13/2011

    " My favorite in the series so far! Once again good characters, an easy read, and a twist at the end! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JoDee | 3/28/2011

    " I love Cork!
    The whole series is good, addictive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vickie | 1/26/2011

    " The best of the series so far. Each one just gets better than the last. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 1/9/2011

    " As is my wont with mystery series, I am reading the entire series in order and I am really enjoying it. I love the northern Minnesota setting and I am intrigued by the off-and-on again relationship between Cork and Jo. On to Blood Hollow! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 12/28/2010

    " Outstanding writer, who really "shows" rather than tells. It reads like a movie (and that's a good thing). Sympathetic characters--even the bad guys and the plot is believable. I will definitely read more by Mr. Krueger. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 4/30/2010

    " A very good thriller set on the north shore of Minnesota. Strong, likable female characters, and lots of adventures--scuba diving, explosives, etc. for the guys. An action-driven plot that puts Grisham to shame. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 3/28/2010

    " What a wild ride this book was! I couldn't put it down once I got into the last fourth of it and stayed up late into the night as I worried more and more about Cork and his family and kept being jerked around one blind corner after another. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shockwave | 3/27/2010

    " A very, very good book with a lot of stuff going on that ends up all tying up. Best series I've read yet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 3/25/2010

    " Nicw to have amurder mystery without a lot of blood and guts. Like the scenary and backldrop and the family behind Cork O'Conner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erik | 12/29/2009

    " This was a decent kidnap story, it had a little surprise at the end that I didn't see coming, although I am sure a lot of people did. Probably my least favorite of Krueger's books so far, but still good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debi | 7/27/2009

    " one of the Cork O'Connor mystery series - good, quick reads. Set in northern MN. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Randy | 3/15/2009

    " I read this book after the next one in the series. Should have been in order... not for this book as much as the next one. An interesting tale in northern Minnesota once again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 3/12/2009

    " Love the local setting, although it's sad. Not as much drama between characters as the first two. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 2/19/2009

    " I enjoyed this mystery because so many of the places listed--Beaver Bay, Shovel Point, Silver Bay--are near the cabin where we go every summer on the North Shore. I'm looking forward to talking with William Kent Kruger when he visits our library this evening. "

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About the Author
Author William Kent Krueger

William Kent Krueger is the award-winning author of the Cork O’Connor novels, including Northwest Angle and Trickster’s Point, as well as the novel Ordinary Grace. He lives in the Twin Cities with his family.

About the Narrator

David Chandler is an audiobook narrator who has read numerous titles for William Kent Krueger and C. J. Box, among others.